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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, October 2018

Sep 30, 2018 06:12PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
Cranberry Artists Network Receives Permanent Exhibit Space
The Back Hall has been established as a permanent exhibit space for the Cranberry Artists Network (C.A.N.) in the Cranberry Township Municipal Center. A series of shows are planned through the remainder of the year and include C.A.N. Plein Air Painters in Oct./Nov. and C.A.N. Members Small Works in Nov./Dec.

Zhao Named Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar
CCAC student Qingqing Zhao is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members named as a 2018 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar, and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. A dual enrollment student, Zhao is a junior at Shady Side Academy Senior School. She is pursuing an Associate of Science in Business Management at CCAC. 

Sing Sing Sing! Voted #1 Kids’ Party Place
Area residents voted Sing Sing Sing! the 2018 Best of PGH Reader’s Poll #1 in the category of ‘Best Kids’ Birthday Party.’ The business is owned by Melody Molinaro and Jacki Smathers. Sing Sing Sing! aims to create and nurture opportunities for people of all ages to experience the joy of music-making in a fun, accessible way. Through karaoke parties, family karaoke nights, lessons and classes, Molinaro and Smathers encourage everyone to “Grab Life by the Mic.”

Children’s Hospital Named One of Most Innovative Children’s Hospitals
UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh has been recognized as one of the Most Innovative Children's Hospitals in the nation by Parents magazine. Based on the results of a comprehensive survey, UPMC Children’s Hospital was selected as one of the 20 most innovative children’s hospitals and will appear in the October issue of the magazine and online at

Shaler Area receives Grant to Expand STEAM Program
Shaler Area School District received a Catalyst STEAM Grant through the AIU’s Center for Creativity, which will expand the school district’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) programming to meet the needs of students with autism and intellectual disabilities through Project EMBRACE. Shaler Area received $16,500 of the total $365,000 in grants provided by the Grable Foundation and the Hillman Foundation.

Haberman Named Secondary Teacher of the Year
Shaler Area High School teacher Nick Haberman has been honored and named Secondary Teacher of the Year by the Pennsylvania Council for Social Studies (PCSS). Haberman was nominated by a colleague for the award which recognizes teachers who are committed to the advancement of social studies. He will be honored at the 65th Annual Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies Conference on in October.

Burnett Appointed to Fill NHSD Board Seat
North Hills School District Board of Education members recently appointed Timothy F. Burnett to fill a vacant board seat, open due to the recent passing of longtime board member Arlene Bender. Board member Dee Spade was elected to serve as board vice president. Burnett will serve on the board until the next municipal election when school board positions are on the ballot in late 2019.

Hite Eagle Scout Project Honored
Senior Anthony Hite and fellow members of Boy Scout Troop 596 recently raised an American flag donated by Rep. Keith Rothfus’ office at a flagpole dedication ceremony held at Aquinas Academy. The new flag pole was installed this summer as Hite’s Eagle Scout project. Anthony reached out to family, friends, classmates and fellow scouts for the donations and he exceeded his $1,800 goal, so the project was expanded to utilize the full amount of $2,500. Home Depot and County Line Supply either donated or offered a significant discount on materials for the project. The project required a total of 251 man-hours to complete.

Local Author Releases New Book Beyond Symptoms
Dr. Cotey Jordan of Cranberry Township has released Beyond Symptoms, a book about the habits of the healthiest people. The book outlines the health habits or rituals that people can follow for a healthier lifestyle. The book has simple lists, tools and rituals that give readers a system to more easily incorporate changes into their lives. Beyond Symptoms is available through Amazon.

Rich Mar Rotary Hosts Picnic for PARC Butler
Rich Mar Rotary recently hosted a hot dog and corn roast picnic for PARC Butler and ARC of Butler County, which serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Customers and families joined in. There were 110 attendees from PARC and 23 Rotarians who helped serve food. This is the 35th year that Rich Mar Rotary has been hosting this project; this year’s event was spearheaded by 2018-2019 Rich Mar Rotary President Ralph Jockel, owner of Woodhyrst Company.

Five Pittsburgh-Area Students Named to Broadcom MASTERS Top 300
Five Pittsburgh-area students were named among the Top 300 students in the eighth annual Broadcom MASTERS, the nation’s premier STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)competition for middle school students. These students who participated in Carnegie Science Center’s Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair (PRSEF) include eighth-grader Eleanor Barth-Wu (The Campus School of Carlow University); seventh-grader Arvind Seshan (Dorseyville Middle School); sixth-grader Olina Mukherjee (Kentucky Avenue School); eighth-grader Anna Spalvieri (St. Kilian Parish School); and eighth-grader Jackson Zemek (Winchester Thurston School). The students will receive a prize package with an award ribbon, a semifinalist certificate, a Broadcom MASTERS backpack and decal, a specialized Invention Journal, a one-year subscription to Wolfram Mathematics software, and a one-year family digital subscription to Science News magazine.